PETALING JAYA: The Home Ministry has denied that it approved 200,000 citizenship applications, as claimed by a social media post.
It said from May 2018 until September this year, the National Registration Department (NRD) received 19,788 citizenship applications from various races.
From the applications received, the Ministry added, only 4,422 were approved for citizenship.
The Ministry said this in response to an allegation by Twitter user @TengkuRajaAlamShah, who claimed that 200,000 people had received Malaysian citizenship and would pledge loyalty to the new Pakatan Harapan government.
"The allegation that 200,000 people have been given citizenship is absolutely untrue.
"Hence, the Ministry urges the owner of the Twitter account to come forward to prove that his claims are true and not mere unfounded allegations," it said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 28).
The Ministry added that only those who met the requirements and had submitted complete documentation were eligible to apply for citizenship.
It noted that applications for citizenship were based on five provisions under the Federal Constitution.
The Ministry said the application was eligible for those applying under Article 15(1) – wife of a Malaysian citizen; Article 15(2) – under 21 child of a Malaysian citizen; Article 15A – application to register as a Malaysian citizen by persons below age 21 under special circumstances; Article 16 – a person aged 18 years and above who was born in the federation before Independence Day; and Article 19 (1) – application for Malaysian citizenship by naturalisation and permanent residency.
"The granting of citizenship is subject to the provisions under the Federal Constitution. It is the highest award given by the government and is not arbitrarily given out," it said.
The Ministry urged the public to stop spreading false information to avoid confusing or causing anxiety.
It added that the government would not compromise on the spread of fake news, adding that legal action would be taken against those who spread such news.
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